August 2011
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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Justin Wilson Injured
Aug 5 - IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, was involved in a single-car incident in morning's practice for the Honda Indy 200.  The Dreyer & Reinbold
Racing driver has an anterior compression fracture of the fifth vertebra.   

Simon Pagenaud will substitute for Wilson for the race. The Frenchman filled in for the team earlier in the year at Barber Motorsports Park.
Fortunately, he tested at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week, which helped
in his qualifying effort today. With each session the Frenchman continued to
knock time off his lap times.  HE will start 19th.

UPDATE
Aug 9 - Wilson was released from the hospital. Wilson has a stable burst
fracture of the T5 with no spinal cord injury. He will be treated with bracing
and serial x-rays. Wilson will be unable to drive for a minimum of three months.

Tomas Scheckter will substitute for Wilson this weekend.  Scheckter came
on board with DRR in 2009 competing at ten races for the team.  He earned
three top-ten finishes (6th- Iowa, 8th - Chicago, 9th- Miami).  He ran with DRR
last year for four events, including the Indianapolis 500.
IndyCar Crash Fest In New Hampshire
Aug 14 - I was hopeful that IndyCar could return to New Hampshire
and put on an exciting show after the IRL was booted out in the 90s
due to lack of interest.

A decent crowd showed up (~30,000) and witnessed an
embarrassing amateur affair from spin outs on the first lap to a
screwed up, rain-shortened finish.

While points leader
Dario Franchitti got taken out during a restart
by
Takuma Sato, it was 2nd place Will Power who showed the
most anger after the final restart that saw him also taken out.

Luckily for Power, the race was called and the restart was aborted
and the race finishing order went back to how it was before the
restart, which put Power in 5th.  Unfortunately for Power, he reacted
before this was announced and he jumped from his car and threw a
fit which will likely cost him some money in fines.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was made the winner.
Will Power didn't exercise
much will power over his
anger with race control
Sunday.
Tony Kanaan Survived Upside Down
Sato Took Out Leader Franchitti During Restart
Sonoma Good to Team Penske
Aug 28 - At the track where passing is nearly impossible,
Team Penske turned its 1-2-3 in qualifying into a sweep of
the podium during Sunday's 75-lap Indy Grand Prix of
Sonoma.

Will Power, needing to claw back as many points as
possible from championship leader
Dario Franchitti, banked
extra points for pole and leading the most laps on the way to
a dominant victory where he led every lap except for the time
spent in the pits.

It also marked Team Penske's first 1-2-3 since Nazareth in
1994 where
Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr and Emerson
Fittipaldi
also dominated, putting four laps on the field.

Helio Castroneves found his mojo in Sonoma, coming
home 3.2 seconds behind Power, with
Ryan Briscoe
finishing in third.  

Ganassi's Franchitti and
Scott Dixon finished 4th & 5th.

Behind Dixon--at least for a few minutes after the checkered
flag waved--Dreyer & Reinbold's
Giorgio Pantano was
credited with an impressive sixth-place finish.

The Italian made the most of his opportunity as Justin
Wilson's replacement at Sonoma and charged forward from
his 11th starting spot, but a contentious pass on
Sebastien
Bourdais
in Turn 11 on the final lap was met with a penalty
by Race Control.

Pantano's pass of Bourdais was followed by a blatant block
into Turn 11 on the final lap, which INDYCAR deemed as too
severe to go unpunished. He would be moved to 17th, the
final position on the lead lap.

With Bourdais credited with sixth, the Frenchman earned his
third sixth-place result of the season.

"Giorgio Pantano blocked me at the end," he said. "I was
going to dive in and he just blocked me. He pushed me over
the rumble strip to finish the job. The team had good pit
stops. It wasn't the fastest car, but we're making progress."
Good-bye Danica
Aug 25 - Andretti Autosport and Danica Patrick announced
today that they have a mutual agreement to part ways at the
conclusion of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Patrick, who has driven for Andretti Autosport since 2007, will
switch full-time to NASCAR in 2012.

Patrick became the first female driver to win a major
open-wheel event in April, 2008 when she drove the No. 7
Andretti Autosport car to victory at the Twin Ring Motegi oval
track in Japan. In addition, she recorded 16 top-five finishes
and 45 top-tens in her five years at Andretti Autosport. She
placed fifth in the 2009 final IZOD IndyCar Series point
standings.

Sponsor Go Daddy will be staying on the side of an Andretti
IndyCar.

I think we've seen the best that she could do, followed by a
decline in the last year or two.  I think now is a good time for
her to leave before she falls behind any further.  Besides,
there are some talented up and coming females stars in
IndyCar now.
2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix
Aug 28 - As predicted Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner
emerged victorious, winning his first-ever MotoGP race at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Stoner’s win came
with relative ease as the ’07 World Champ achieved nearly a
five-second margin of victory over teammate
Dani Pedrosa.
The final podium position went to American Ben Spies after a
spirited ride to make up for his less than stellar start.

At the start of the race it was Pedrosa with the holeshot.
Pedrosa and Stoner immediately started pulling away from
the field, opening up more than a two-second gap by the fifth
lap. Stoner took the lead on Lap 6 with a dive bomb pass into
Turn 1. Instantly Stoner began opening up a gap. Meanwhile
Valentino Rossi lapped at the back of the pack, riding in
visible displeasure.

The battle for fifth was getting vicious with
Andrea
Dovizioso
and Ben Spies all over the back of Nicky
Hayden’s
Ducati. Both riders would make their way past him.
Moments later, Spies made a well calculated pass on
Dovizioso when the Italian’s Bridgestone rear tire spun-up
aggressively on corner exit.

Spies sights were now locked on
Marco Simoncelli and he
would steal fourth position with an inside overtaking
maneuver on the brakes. With 16 laps to go Spies was the
fastest man on the track in an effort to reduce the three-
second gap from teammate
Jorge Lorenzo. Further back,
Rizla Suzuki’s
Alvaro Bautista passed Hayden for seventh
position with Hayden steadily going backwards in the field.

With 13 laps to go Spies was right on the back tire of
Lorenzo. He tried to make a drafting pass down the front
straightaway and then had an inside look into Turn 1, but he
wasn't daring enough to pull the trigger. At the same time
Loris Capirossi had to pit early with some sort of front end
problem (perhaps tire-related). The next lap Spies went into
full maniac mode, drafting past him on the main straightaway.
Lorenzo immediately attempted to retaliate on the brakes, but
ended up running wide.

Bautista continued to impress, pulling off a pass on
Simoncelli for sixth position. With three to go Hayden pulled
off into the pits with a front tire problem. His Ducati team
quickly mounted a fresh tire and he was back out on track.
Meanwhile a four-rider battle for eighth place was underway
between Simoncelli,
Hector Barbera, Randy de Puniet and
Colin Edwards. Barbera looked like he was going to take
the position until his front tire lost traction in the final
corner/lap, causing him to crash.
RACE RESULTS